Review of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 in the Philippines, Priced Php 2,600

It's been two years since Xiaomi launched its previous Mi Band on the market and for this reason the wait for the most talked-about smartband on the web had grown out of all proportion. Today we give you my opinion on the Xiaomi Mi Band 3.

There is nothing new in the package. Only the rubber bracelet and the accessory to charge the Mi Band. Perhaps we ask too much but considering the price of  replacement straps, perhaps a second colored bracelet in tribute would not be bad.

Overall, the design does not change much compared to the previous model and this is also a recognizable Mi Band from a first glance. But there are various details that demonstrate the work of Xiaomi on the product. The strap and the hook seem more robust and even the "capsule" of the Mi Band remains attached even better to the bracelet. Even the body of the product is larger, both to accommodate a larger display, but also for the presence of a more protruding heartbeat sensor. Needless to deny that for a product that must be on the wrist, the increase in size is not necessarily a good thing.

What is certainly good is the increase in certification that allows the Mi Band 3 to survive and operate up to 50 meters underwater , although at the moment there is not the possibility to trace swimming.

Few are the news from the hardware point of view. Bluetooth switches to version 4.2 and Wi-Fi and GPS are still missing. Not that this is a big problem, considering also the fact that Mi Band 3 remains a very economical and very compact product. Also microphone, speaker and NFC are absent, while the heartbeat sensor is updated to support the recording of the beat continuously.

Mi Band 3 has a bigger POLED display . We speak of 0.78 "and a resolution of 128 x 80 inches. It is touch and we are therefore allowed to flow between the few items present. It is therefore bigger than the previous model, but what has not changed is visibility. If two years ago it was great news the arrival of any kind of display on Mi Band this year we expected something more in terms of visibility. It is quite senseless that the display is totally unusable on the outside.

Although it is difficult to talk about big changes we still find interesting news in the software. It will be possible, for example, to start a stopwatch directly from the wrist, but it is not yet possible to start a physical activity session. We are faced with the automatic detection of physical activity (even a simple walk), but it is still a function that we missed. You can then search for the phone or change the skin of the time among the 3 available (all quite similar). The interface is  English. Upon arrival at the moment the only language will be Chinese but few steps are necessary to locate the software.

The app for the phone is the classic Mi Fit. From here you can manage many options of your smartband, such as choosing which apps to notify, whether to enable inactivity notifications, enable the alarm or reminders. You can then choose to activate the mode do not disturb in certain time slots, but you can not activate automatically at the time when Mi Band understands that we fell asleep. Speaking of data collection of fitness, we are faced with relatively accurate and still very good results for a product of this type. If you want to track your physical activity seriously, this is not the product to buy, but the result is still satisfactory. This consideration also applies to the heartbeat sensor and sleep.

As for the notifications , they are quite punctual, only the last 5 are shown and they are not synchronized with the smartphone. If they are then read from the phone they do not disappear from the watch. The screen is bigger but the text remains very small and reading the notifications may not be easy. But if you only want to understand in broad terms which app have notified you and maybe if someone has written a message, it can be quite simply enough (provided that you are not outside, of course).

The 110 mAh battery has a very variable autonomy based on the use of the only true energetic component of this product: the heartbeat sensor. It goes from 20 days if the sensor is not used for 5 days of use 24 hours a day. However, it is a good result considering the scalability through a simple option.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is sold for 2,629.27 Philippine Pesos. A price in line with the other products of the company at the launch and destined to drop in the coming months. It's still a great launch price. If you are willing to wait it may cut its price to 2000 pesos.


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